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This topic area is an Open Forum. All ideas for Data.gov’s future are welcomed here.
(@elaine.angelino)

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Make it easy to see the data

My colleague and I have made examples of how we would like to see and interact with tabular data online. Check out our initial provisional versions of searchable catalogs of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): BEA: www.entabular.com/bea BJS: www.entabular.com/bjs The sites have a fair amount of data, high-quality metadata, and a pretty good search feature,... more »

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(@alvaro)

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Improve data quality

Hi, one of the greatest problems I find right now is data quality. First, there are no way to validate the data. Second some data (for example dataset 401 about budgets) contains negative values (check Dept. of Defense). This not only is not useful, but makes people and developers distrust data.gov as a source of information and valid data.

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(@dorothyalt)

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Disclosure of Nursing Homes Problems

We need the disclosure of the names of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers that have either low ratings, high incidences of abuse, neglect or high rates of death. We, the public, are unaware of the ratings of these institutions when we place our loved ones there. They are recommended to us by hospitals upon discharge of elderly relatives, so we naturally believe they are safe. In 1999, my 76 year old mother died... more »

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(@tdn900)

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Basic features

Just need a lot of basic features for ease of finding info, such as filter, sort, search, for many data sources, including within/without sites and pages etc...

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(@mmaizel)

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File size

It is useful to show the filesize as many agencies do. This helps some users decide (a) whether the size is too small to contain the data envisioned in the description (often the case) or (2) to prepare for an especially large load of data.

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(@michael.daconta)

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Transparency of the Process behind the Data

A citizen should be able to request a description of how a data element is derived. For example, the very controversial - "saved or created jobs" data element should have an explanation of the formula or the derived fields used to calculate the number. Another example, would be the all important unemployment data - how is that percentage calculated? This would give the public more confidence in using the data. In... more »

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(@afuller)

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Notify the public if data is removed

Comparing the list of agency participation on data.gov, it appears that the number of raw data sets and tools posted by certain agencies has gone down at certain times. If an agency removes access to raw data or a tool on data.gov, it should be noted on the site, and a reason for the removal should be given.

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(@dougward)

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Increase the hieght of the search interface

The main search interface (under the "Catalog" tab) is a bit difficult to use, if only because the window containing the select list of categories and agencies is too narrow. My screen only displays two or three rows at a time. This makes it tedious to browse through the options. Easy fix: expand the height of the search interface.

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(@anneneale)

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allow searching by data extent

It would be very useful to allow data searching by extent for geodata sets. For example, I am only interested in data that are available nationally. Imagine some people would be interested in searching by state or even county.

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(@evalgene)

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more international data than listed

Hi I searched for international data and found only three. http://www.data.gov/catalog/raw/category/30/agency/0/filter//type//sort//page/1/count/25 There is a LOT of international data from the government. I list all that I can find here http://gsociology.icaap.org/data.htm I've also compiled data from various government sources into data sets here http://gsociology.icaap.org/dataupload.html I don't know... more »

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(@jmmdatagov)

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Quarterly Distribution via Bit Torrent

Many developers would like to mine the data at a large scale which may include a majority or all of the available data. It is technically possible to make a web scraper or mirror the site but this would be a long, slow process that would consume a great deal of bandwidth both for the client and for the servers housing the data. What would be an optimal way to pull down all the data would be to distribute it via Bit Torrent.... more »

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(@manuel.massa)

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How do you access the data?

I belive you need to have a page that shows users how to use the site and how to perform searches. I consider myself pretty tech savvy but I could not easily determine what to do to get the data.

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9 votes
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